LDS.org: 2009 brought new temples, church progress

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 29 2009 12:18 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY

— Two temple

dedications are among the many highlights for The Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 2009. In March,

President Thomas S. Monson, world leader of the 13.5

million-member church, dedicated the Draper

Utah Temple. In August he dedicated the Oquirrh

Mountain Utah Temple, the 130th temple of the church

and the 13th temple in Utah. Prior to the dedications,

nearly 1.3 million people toured the temples during the open

house period. President Monson

also announced the construction of five

new temples during the 179th Semiannual General

Conference in October. The locations are Brigham City, Utah;

Concepción, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; Fort Lauderdale,

Florida; and Sapporo, Japan.

In announcing the

five new temples, President Monson said, "We desire that as

many members as possible have the opportunity to attend the

temple without having to travel inordinate distances." He

also said that 83 percent of church members worldwide live

within 200 miles of a temple and that that percentage would

increase as the church continues to construct new temples.

Other news

highlights during 2009 included the following:

New Apostle Called

Elder

Neil L. Andersen was called in April to fill the

vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created when

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passed away in December 2008.

Church History library dedicated

A permanent and

safe archive for historical documents and other church

records was completed after 15 years of planning and four

years of construction. The new Church

History Library was dedicated by President Monson in

June. This state-of-the-art building was designed and

constructed to meet the high standards for certification as

a "green" building through the Leadership in Energy and

Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, putting it on

track to receive the prestigious Silver designation. But one

of the most notable aspects of the new library is that it is

designed for public accessibility.

Spanish Bible published

Also completed

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